Story at a glance
- A low-pressure system moving the West to East brings turbulent weather.
- Several states have activated emergency resources.
Although March is gradually coming to a close and we’re inching closer to spring, parts of the U.S. are still enduring severe winter weather.
The National Weather Service issued various winter storm warnings over the weekend, ranging from a blizzard warning in Colorado to severe weather across parts of the Southern U.S. as a low-pressure system moves across the country.
Over the past weekend, states in the Midwest and Northern Plains, namely Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Nebraska, each saw up to 4 feet of snow, outlets report.
A band of heavy snow tonight into Monday will shift across portions of the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest and Midwest as remnants of the weekend blizzard cross the central U.S. High winds are forecast Monday over interior southern California and southern Nevada. pic.twitter.com/izjJjzIbMU
— National Weather Service (@NWS) March 15, 2021
A formal advisory warns that from Tuesday to Thursday, the Central and Southern Plain regions are likely to experience heavy rains and isolated flooding. For the Southern High Plains, a fire weather threat was issued, which warns of potential wildfires.
The snowfall that was already seen in the Central Rockies and Central High Plains on Monday is slated to weaken into Tuesday. More wintery conditions are expected over the Upper Mississippi Valley and into the Great Lakes region, characterized by light snowfall and some icy conditions.
U.S. Rockies dig out from heavy snow, all flights grounded in Denver https://t.co/6r4cANhrwH pic.twitter.com/mm8Nrj2wSA
— Mike Walker (@New_Narrative) March 15, 2021
Southeastern states are going to see more critical conditions, with heavy rains and flooding possible in north Georgia and into Alabama.
“This system will be more impactful with respect to heavy rains, flash flooding and severe weather threats Tuesday into Wednesday across portions of the Southern and Central Plains,” the report concludes.
High winds and low humidity will also increase potential for wildfires from eastern New Mexico to West and Southwest Texas.
Various states projected to be in the impact zone have taken some precautionary measures. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) put emergency response resources on standby ahead of the weather threats.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) preemptively activated the state National Guard ahead of the winter storm, authorizing them to provide shelter and rescue assistance from March 12-15.
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